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:55 this morning. >> in a little over an hour from now, vice president joe biden will take his oath of office. we'll, of course, take you there live. all day long cnn will bring you the ceremonies, the concerts, the celebrations and, of course, break down the political and historical context of this very special day. but, first, this morning we want to bring you up to speed on this hostage situation in algeria. this morning, the crisis at a natural gas plant is aapparently over and state department says at least one american man is dead, but we still have so many questions about this, including exactly how many people are still missing. let us tell you what we do know right now. the algerian ministry said it launched a second assault yesterday that ended the three-day standoff. the interior ministry says almost 700 algerian hostages have been freed, along with 107 foreigners. but at least 23 hostages are dead, including one americancit. so are dozens of islamist militants. joining us now barbara starr. barbara, good morning to you. i know you have been following this and working this story. first
will keep going. >> over the past month, vice president joe biden and his task force is met with 229 groups from around the country. biden's task force provided a road map for the long drive ahead. >> while there is no law or set of laws that can prevent every senseless act of violence completely, no piece of legislation that will prevent every tragedy, every act of evil. if there is even one thing we can do to reduce this violence, if there's even one life that can be saved, then we've got an obligation to try it. and i'm going to do my part. >> the president very compelling. he's willing to spend political capital in order to get something done. specific legislative proposals include a system of universal background checks, renewing the assault weapons ban from the clinton era, limiting high capacity magazines to ten bullets, providing more resources to states in reporting criminals and the mentally ill. out lawing armor-piercing bullets and funding, more funding, for police officers around the country. the president also signed 23 executive actions, most of them reinforcing laws already
on stolen firearms. apparently, conservatives believe this is tyranny. today vice president joe biden detailed one of the major initiatives of the president's gun proposals. >> how do we make our streets and schools safer? with regard to our streets i believe and the president believes that cops make a difference. we're going to push again for another $4 billion in grants for the cops program. >> $4 billion for more cops on the streets and around schools in america? this is what the gun lobby was demanding. but the gun nuts, well, they're not so happy. texas governor rick perry is trying to push himself into relevance again. he said in a statement the second amendment of the constitution is a basic right of free people and cannot be nor will it be abridged by the executive power of this or any other president. kind of threatening, is it? the national -- the republican national committee wrote, "president obama's series of gun control measures amount to an executive power grab." really? these statements did not mention a single action or proposal by the president. they call these measu
and was in the meeting with joe biden. and scientist after scientist has showed there is no correlation in the video games. and i just think pointing in that direction is taking us away from the real problem which is guns. it's not an either/or, but i'd like to start up here. >> first of all, who were the scientists? are they scientists that the video game industry paid for? because i'll tell you what, i conducted my own scientific survey with two teenage boys watching them and watching all of their friends grow up. of course, it wasn't a scientific study. i saw it with my own eyes, and i'm telling you, kids from the age these days of 8, 9, 10 to the time they're 20, 21, 22 simulate the murder of thousands and thousands of human beings on these video games. donny, just -- and i had this conversation with mike barnicle before on the air, i believe -- just as pornography desensitizes young males to sexuality, these video games desensitize young males. and movies by people like quentin tarantino that make chopped up, shot-up cadavers a punch line where the audience actually laughs, those work together
. >>> president obama and joe biden responded in lightning speed to the newtown massacre despite warnings that congress and state legislatures are against the gun michigantives. is this a new bold from ans the white house as the president prepares to launch his second term? bob shrumm veteran democratic strategist and also a columnist for the daily beast joins me. happy new year. haven't seen you in a long time. >> i have been out in kind of cool los angeles where we've been having unseasonably cal weather. >> welcome back to new york then, i guess. the question is what does the president do going forward? he has taken on gun control. i would argue this is a different barack obama rather than the cautious approach to studying and sending and outlining health care to congress in the first term. this is a president who responds e responded to an event in a visceral way, and within a month and two days came out with a list of real proposals. >> well, i defend him a little bit on health care because, after all, he got it done, and it's something people try to do for 100 years. i think you're
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